Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Teacher Blog Tuesday!


Welcome Brittany from
1.             Name of blog and link: The SuperHERO Teacher’s Adventures and Advice

2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it. 
a.   Originally I started my blog to promote my products on Teachers pay Teachers, but then I quickly realized that I just enjoy sharing my ideas with everyone else!  It is a great way to spark conversation about best practices in the classroom.  I absolutely love it!  I’ve had my blog for less than a month, so I have quite a bit of work to do in order to catch up with the other amazing bloggersbut I realize that takes time and patience! J  You’ll find LOTS of pictures and DIY projects on my blog.

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
a.   I moved to Bowling Green, Ohio from Texas in order to start my education at BGSU a little over 4 years ago.  This past May I graduated and I was lucky enough to have a teaching job in Perrysburg, Ohio before I even graduated (such a wonderful feeling)!  This is my first year teaching 11th grade American Literature and I have learned very quickly that I chose the right profession for me.  Although I’ve only been teaching for a year, I’ve known my entire life that I wanted to be a teacher.  Ask my momshe has plenty of videos where I am “teaching” my stuffed animals!  

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
a.   “This Girl is on Fire” by Alicia Keys! I chose this song because the lyrics describe my life!  “She’s got both feet on the groundshes not backing down” Im totally singing it right now! LOL. 
b.   “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child! “I’m a survivorIm not going to give up! Ive already been through quite a few interesting events in my life and I refuse to stop thinking positively! J

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
a.   The hardest thing that I have experienced in life so far is probably my move from Texas to Ohio.  I packed up everything in a matter of 2 weeks and moved to a city where I didn’t know anybody.  Although it was the hardest thing I’ve experiencedit was also the best decision Ive ever made in my life.  I encourage my juniors to move far away from where they grew up and start over if they are unhappy with their life.  I did and look at me nowthis girl is on FIRE! J

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
a.   That’s tough!  Either Four Weddings or Say Yes to the Dress!  I love seeing how happy the bride and groom are “in the moment”!  I am not married (yet), but I can assure you that mine will be pretty fantastic after watching a billion episodes of both of these shows!  It’s kind of embarrassing!

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
a.   DJ Inkers girl all the way!  Unfortunately, MLA requires Times New Roman (size 12) font, so my students don’t usually get to see my love for cutesy fonts!  I love scrapbooking and crafting, so DJ Inkers is right up my alley!  I use different fonts in all of my products because I can’t stand looking at the same font over and over again, so why would my students?!

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
a.   22! J I’m closer in age with my students (16-17) than I am to my colleagues! Yikes!

9.           What was the last book you read?
a.   The Great Gatsby with my students But for my own personal enjoymentRoom by Emma Donoghue FANTASTIC!!! I would encourage everyone to read it!  My friends and family always make fun of me because I tend to lead towards morbid books but they are SO good and entertaining!  If you haven’t heard of it, definitely look it up!  I won’t give away any of the details here. J

10.        What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
a.   Dishes, dishes, dishes.  I told my boyfriend that I will do ALL of the chores as long as I do not have to do the dishes.  Something about leftover ketchup just totally freaks me out! EK! Just thinking about having to do dishes is upsetting me! LOL However, I find doing laundry to be extremely relaxing (I know, I know, I’m weird).

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
a.   Pinterest
b.   TpT


Next up- Julie from


1.             Name of blog and link:  First Grade Critter Café


2.          Tell us about your blog and why you started it.  I started my teaching blog in July 2012 in hopes to meet new teachers who were as passionate about teaching as I am!
The First Grade Critter Café is actually named after a Reading Café’ we created in our first grade classroom.  Inspired by the Sisters’ CAFÉ, we are using it the first grade way!  Blogging not only helps me meet and follow new teachers, but also helps me record and journal how my year is going, what worked, and what needs to change on a consistent basis.  A virtual teacher diary of sorts!  I love sharing new ideas, and opening up my classroom to other teachers!  I love the comments and feedback the most.  It really adds to the sweetness of being a teacher blogger! J

3.            Tell us a little about your teaching background.
This is my 11th year teaching first grade and I still wake up every morning excited to come to school and teach my little firsties!  I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and think of myself as a mold of many great teachers out there in the world of education.  If I had to name a few of my teacher idols they would be: Pat Cunningham, Tim Rasinski, Ginny Dowd, Fountas & Pinnell, The Sisters (Gail and Joan), Lori O., and  Peter Johnston.  My biggest cheerleader and role model that I strive to still make proud is Carol Molnar, my teaching mentor.  She opened her heart and teaching world up to me when I started and that has given me the wings to fly and explore so many new opportunities as a teacher!

4.            What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I can play expert on 7 Rock Band songs, does that count? J  I grew up with R & B, then found my country girl side in high school.  I love the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Frank Sinatra too!  I adore Martha and The Vendella’s and some good ole fashioned Def Leppard!  I’m definitely what you would call a “50 Shades” kinda gal when it comes to music! 

5.           What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Letting go of a loved one.  I was engaged at the young age of 18 when my fiancé was killed in an automobile accident.  It took most of my growing up and adult life to realize that holding on to someone so tight, even though they were gone, was keeping me from looking ahead.  I finally realized he wouldn’t be mad for letting go.  He loved me that much.

6.           What’s your favorite TV show?
1980’sDukes of Hazzard.  1990s---Beverly Hills 90210.  2000s--- Dallas reruns and  14 seasons of boxed sets!  2013---Vampire Diaries & The Neighbors!

7.           Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl/guy and why?
I am the, “How many fonts can my old Dell computer download before collapsing entirely!”  My favorites: CHERI and Lego House    

8.           Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
I am a very proud 37 years young. Dont feel a day over 31!

9.           What was the last book you read?
50 Shades of GREY! Yes I said it.  Bought the collector’s edition boxed set last spring.  Still working on book 3!  Also just finished Peter Johnston’s “Opening Minds” which was a beautiful companion sequel to his first book “Choice Words.”  Two Thumbs up and a must-read for any teacher!

10.        What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
May I please list more than one?  At home, I despise cleaning the bathroom and dusting.  My genie maid always gets lost and can’t seem to find her way to my house!  At school, I throw tantrums most nights when I have to grade weekly addition and subtraction timed tests.  I am working on getting a parent helper for that duty!  YAY! 

11.         Give us some links- Twitter, Pinterest, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, Facebook, a free teaching item etc.
I obsess over PINTEREST!  Would love to have you follow! 

My  facebook page is brand new! 


If you'd like to be featured here, email 

me at dml8609@gmail.com!





10 comments:

  1. Great idea showing off new bloggers each week!

    Nicki
    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by!

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  2. Dana!
    You are amazing! Thank you so much for hosting me today! I am honored and feel like such a lucky teacher to have a veteran blogger like yourself helping pave the way for us newbies! I just updated my post and linked up! Thanks again, so very much!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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  3. What a great idea! That is amazing that you are doing that for teachers. I love your blog.
    Sara
    www.firstgradefuntastic.blogspot.com

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  4. I already am a big fan of Julie! And great to meet Brittany... love the super hero theme!

    P.S. I tried to go to your facebook page but it said it wasn't available?

    Thanks!
    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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  5. Um, just realized that was Julie's Facebook page... not yours Dana! oops! I'll let her know. Sorry

    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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  6. Julie, I loved reading about you! It's so fun to "get to know you" a little more through this post. I also LOVE Vampire Diaries and the original 90210. :) I love how passionate you are about teaching Julie!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  7. Hi Dana!!

    I wanted to say thank you SO much for featuring me on your blog! You're awesome-- and so is your blog! Have a great day!

    Brittany

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